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especially from the set-piece which is our strongest attacking platform, that we didn’t take through bad execution.
“The game then should never have come down to being decided by a contentious decision and us not getting a penalty for that Owen Farrell tackle. We had the opportunities to win it long before then. The game should have been put away in the first half. That was the real disappointment for me and many South Africans. Our consistency needs to be addressed.”
A veteran of the 2003 World Cup, Delport believes the current squad touring Europe will provide the backbone of the 2019 World Cup party and be the ones challenged with making the perfect start in Japan – where he himself played for two years with Kobelco Steelers.
“The core of the team will be at the World Cup,” added Thinus, a regular on Sky Sports and Premier Sports. “It’s a long way off, but I don’t think there are any real outsiders likely to break through.
“The Twickenham Test fell outside the recognised window for international games, so we played without our English Premiership players like Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux, Franco Mostert Vincent Koch and Francois Louw, all recognised starters. Allowing for injuries, the guys on this tour will make up the majority of the squad for Japan.
“Looking to next year, so much hinges on our opening World Cup match against New Zealand. We should be able to pull on the experience and knowledge we took from this summer’s matches.
“We can turn them over but that is easier said than done.” WARREN Gatland hailed his Wales players for digging deep after they ended their long losing run against Australia.
Wales’ 9-6 victory at the Principality Stadium was their first over Australia since 2008 and came at the 14th attempt.
Substitute Dan Biggar’s 77th-minute penalty also gave Wales a seventh win on the bounce against all opponents – their longest unbeaten run under Gatland and best since 2004-05.
Head coach Gatland admitted: “I thought we were going to lose in the last minute, but the boys dug deep.
“From a defensive point of view it was the most comfortable I have ever felt against Australia.”
Full-back Leigh Halfpenny managed two successful strikes off the tee before Biggar edged Wales home after Bernard Foley and Matt Toomua kicked penalties for Australia.
Argentina took an early 3-0 lead through a Nicolas Sanchez penalty but succumbed to a 28-17 defeat against Ireland in Dublin.
Kieran Marmion bagged Ireland’s first try in the ninth minute but Johnny Sexton failed to convert.
Wing Bautista Delguy put Argentina 11-6 in front, running in a fine try for the Pumas but Bundee Aki powered home for Ireland’s second try, with Sexton conve rting after 26 minutes.
A late Sexton penalty handed Ireland an edgy 15-14 lead at the break.
Sexton then put Ireland 18-17 to the good with a penalty.
Replacement scrum-half Luke McGrath nipped in for Ireland’s third try with 15 minutes to play, with Sexton on target with the conversion.
A late Sexton penalty ensured Ireland completed a 28-17 victory.
Meanwhile, Tommaso Allan starred with 13 points as Italy came from behind to beat Georgia 28-17 in Florence. BY CRAIG EMERSON ENGLAND head coach Eddie Jones was restrained in his reaction to the Television Match Official decision that denied England victory over New Zealand at Twickenham yesterday, instead insisting his side showed they can win the World Cup in Japan next year.
England were trailing 16-15 after 76 minutes when Courtney Lawes charged down TJ Perenara’s kick and Sam Underhill scooped up the ball before surging to a solo try.
However, South African TMO Marius Jonker and French referee Jerome Garces reviewed the incident and decided Lawes was offside.
Jones said: “I don’t comment on those decisions. I’ll leave it up to that guy. If he can’t take the right decision with 10 replays, who can?
“Sometimes the game loves you and sometimes the game doesn’t love you. We’ll get some love from the game further down the track.”
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said: “There was no doubt he’s offside. What was going through my mind was ‘are they going to be brave enough to make the right decision?’ And they were.”
It was a first meeting between England and New Zealand in four years and many expected the All Blacks to trounce their injury-depleted hosts. But afterwards it was Jones who insisted England were on course for World Cup glory.
Tries from Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley helped England to a 15-0 lead after 25 minutes, which the All Blacks eroded with a flourish at the end of the first half. Beauden Barrett’s penalty saw New Zealand take the lead for the first time in the game after 60 minutes and they did not relinquish it.
But Jones was keen to accentuate the positives and look ahead to next year’s World Cup in Japan.
“We’re disappointed, but we’re excited about where we’re going,” Jones added. “We’ll learn a lot from that today. We had opportunities to win the game, we didn’t take them, they did. They deserved to win the game. It’s a really good step forward. You benchmark yourself against New Zealand. New Zealand are the best team in the world.
“We’ve got to fix the things that didn’t work today. If we do that, we’re on the road to being the best team in the world, which is what we set out to be.”
Jones felt England were in the ascendancy in the final quarter, when a drop-goal opportunity failed to materialise.
“I thought we played the final 20 [minutes] exceptionally well,” Jones added. “That’s where New Zealand generally run away from teams and they couldn’t – they couldn’t break us. If we’d kept going for another five minutes, we maybe would’ve got them.”
The All Blacks won the World Cup on their most recent visit to Twickenham, in October 2015, when England became the first hosts to exit at the pool stage. They have been transformed under Jones, who was appointed in December 2015.
Hansen said: “He’s doing a good job here for England. Last time we were here was 2015 and things didn’t go that well for England.
“Since then they’ve won 18 in a row. They’re in the right place. They’ve showed today they’re going to be competitive against whoever you want to play against them.”
Hansen, though, had words of praise for his side too. He added: “I thought England were very, very good and I thought we showed a lot of character.”